July, 2010 Award Recipient - MURIAL KAHN|
Muriel Kaun humbly states that the reason she volunteers is ´┐Żto keep busy´┐Ż, but her levels of community service reveal a degree of involvement and commitment far beyond simple ´┐Żbusy-ness´┐Ż! Muriel embodies community responsibility and dedication. She has been recognized by many organizations´┐Ż.awards and certificates of merit grace the walls of the living room of her Montgomery bungalow. Muriel and her family moved to Montgomery in December 1955, and she began her community service shortly afterwards. She had five children, and so immediately became involved in the Terrace Road kindergarten, where she was Chairman of the committee, and stayed on as a board member long after her children had moved into the school system. She was on the Parents´┐Ż committee of the Boys and Girls Club when it was located across the street from the school in the building now housing a church. As her children grew up, Muriel offered her time and ideas as a member of the PTA´┐Żs of all of their schools. When they were at Bowness High School, so was Muriel. Although she worked full time for the provincial government, Muriel never stopped volunteering. She was awarded a life membership in the Union of Provincial Employees for her sustained service as a Union Steward and as Treasurer of the Board. The position of treasurer seems to appeal to Muriel (she must be good with money), because she also serves or has served as Treasurer with the Rebekah Assembly of Alberta, and the Rebekah Visual Research Foundation of Alberta. She was twice treasurer of the Montgomery Community Association, and a Board member long beyond this executive appointment. Always concerned with the limited budgets of community organizations, Muriel has not missed volunteering at a single casino for the Montgomery Community Association´┐Żand also is a regular volunteer for casinos for Bowness Seniors, Terrace Road School and others. She is District Captain in Montgomery for the Heart and Stroke Foundation. Muriel´┐Żs volunteer work in Montgomery may seem invisible to many, but its importance should not be ignored. We have benefited greatly from her long legacy of engagement and devotion to community service. Another important part of that legacy is seen in her children: She told me that they all set time aside to volunteer and participate in community, sport and educational organizations. Indeed, so do her grandchildren!! Why volunteer? ´┐ŻYou get something out of it, and the organization really gets something out of it!´┐Ż , says Muriel. Muriel is a model community member, and we are thrilled to be able to honour her with the Humpty´┐Żs Community Service Award.
Denise Brown, MCA